“Not only was I handcuffed shackled the whole nine or whatever with the baby, when he’s hungry or anything, I would literally have to hold him with handcuffs and shackles and feed him." – Stephanie (slide 2)
#UnbrokenByBars is a public art and storytelling project that brings the love previously incarcerated mothers of color share with their children out from behind the bars and into public space. It was created by #artivist @jessxsnow with @amplifierart / @raceandrevolution. •
On July 11th, the #DignityForIncarceratedWomenAct was introduced, which seeks to reform how we treat incarcerated women. Our prison system preys upon women who have been traumatized and instead of offering healing or rehabilitation, the presence of male guards in sensitive locations like restrooms and showers re-traumatizes incarcerated women - the vast majority of whom are survivors of sexual or physical abuse. This growing segment of our prison population is often left out of conversations around criminal justice reform, but deserves our attention. •
We all feel the overwhelming urge to avoid our creative tasks. What seperates the pros from the amateurs is the ability to recognise creative resistance and push on with the work regardless of how it feels.
What usually makes us avoid a creative and energy absorbing task is the time we think it will take to complete it. But in reality, the time will pass whether you do the work or not.
I know i’d rather be one step closer to my goals than resting peacefully in my comfort zone when the time inevitably does fade into the past. And that’s the thought I always keep front of mind when trying to push through creative resistance.
Happening now! Privileged to be welcomed into workers spaces and do healing creative work. This has been an amazing Creative Self-Care series traveling through the various workers spaces in Los Angeles and collaborating with Antena Los Angeles with English/ Spanish interpretation. We hope to see you at our final performance on April 28th!
I'm a huge fan of @athenabright. Athena turned protest upside down all across the country, bringing light to spaces that would otherwise go ignored. So much so that places like the Smithsonian and other institutions are knocking on her door to aquire iconic pieces that helped define #NoMuslimBan#BlackLivesMatter#Occupy and so much more. So I was totally fanboying when Athena agreed to join our #org20 panel. I still am as you can see. #creativeresistance#politicalart#lightbrigade#1u
I'm running some free Screen Printing and Design workshops for the awesome folk at @meshmashproject... In this workshop series we will explore the theme of Russian Modernist designs from the ‘30s, with participants creating abstract designs from collaged shapes and words.
Part 1: Create your own Artwork - April 21st / 11-1pm
Part 2: Screen Print this artwork onto a bag - May 5th / 11-1pm
Booking details on Mesh Mash's profile!
Our TeAda Fellow Anatalia [left] at our 1st Creative Self-Care session of the year last Monday.
Anatalia will be leading a session today at the UCLA Labor Center
Free RSVP at link in bio.
Anatalia Vallez is a performer/ theatre-making artivist passionate about using art as a tool for creating consciousness and community. She is so excited to share space and do some creative self-care with folks. When we heal ourselves, we heal our ancestors.
#Ogba is home to @bantucrew it's where we compose, write & rehearse. But for some odd reason we have never performed there. The lack of a proper concert venue has not helped matters but we are about to change the narrative by taking our music to the streets. Its our creative way of resisting the status quo style.
Don't miss out on the magic that is TeAda CreAtive Self-Care season!
Sessions bring together communities through poetry, movement, theater, etc.! ✨🌏 💗
FREE RSVP link in bio. Next session is this Saturday.
Regrann from @adebantu - Ogba is home to @bantucrew it's where we compose, write & rehearse. But for some odd reason we have never performed there. The lack of a proper concert venue has not helped matters but we are about to change the narrative by taking our music to the streets. Its our creative way of resisting the status quo #AgberosInternational style.
Ogba is home to @bantucrew it's where we compose, write & rehearse. But for some odd reason we have never performed there. The lack of a proper concert venue has not helped matters but we are about to change the narrative by taking our music to the streets. Its our creative way of resisting the status quo #AgberosInternational style.
//The Revolution is...Wendy “Wutäng” Francis// In a new series on my instagram, I’ll collaborate with black women in order for them to share their story, and for me to paint a narrative that isn’t just mine. Together, we can tell a wider story!
The first piece of the series is a beautiful poem by Wendy “Wutäng” Francis - @goodgirlsriot called “I too break”. I first meet Wendy at an event in late August 2016. It was my first time exhibiting my art and Wendy was one of the speakers. Her poem about how black men were non-existent in the fight about issues that target black women, blew my mind. Since then, I’ve admired her work and her activism. To say she is an inspiration is the understatement of the year. Her words are what changes are made of. You can read her poem “I too break” in the second slide. On www.goodgirlsriot.com/ you can read more about her. While you’re at it, please listen to her being prime minister for on day on @statsministerforendag
If you are a black woman and you want to share a story, poem or perspective and allow me to paint you, DM me or leave a comment here ❤️ original photo: @edinida
Our TeAda Fellow Uhuru at our 1st Creative Self-Care session of the year last Monday. RSVP link for the next sessions in bio!
The Uhuruverse, Uhuru Ali Moor, is a Los Angeles-based PROTEST ARTIST who uses multiple mediums and performance styles to speak against oppression and demand and encourage liberation.
Part 4 - DEAR MAMA// We’ve arrived to the final part of this story in which I’ve told you about my mother’s first time as an immigrant in Sweden. I’ve told you about how watching a parent, a safe zone, defend herself against strangers has left me reaching for perfection all my life. I’ve told you about how moments like on that bus has left me feeling helpless and angry. I’ve told you about how racism sometimes happens in the stitching, not the actual fabric.
Now, let me tell you how proud I am of my mama.
I’ll be the first one to admit that I wasn’t always fair to my mother when I was younger. My dad wasn’t with us in Sweden so she had to take on both roles because I insisted that a child should have both parents. She did the best she could with very little and I failed to see the value in that. She took care of extended family, neighbors, friends and everyone else but herself.
I will never be able to show her my fullest gratitude, however hard I try but the older I get, the more I understand the world, the better I understand her. And knowing that she’s a survivor will be enough for now.
We’ve disappointed each other over the years, fueled by the fact that we are two very different individuals. She’s an extrovert who offers herself up to the world as a resource. I’m more closed, go about my day in a skeptical manner. She wants me to be more open and I want her to be more closed as to not allow people to feast on her love. One of her greatest tragedies in life is that I’m not as religious as her. One of my greatest tragedies is that she doesn’t see how much I believe, but not in the same thing she believes. I believe in her. I believe in activism. I believe in making the world better for the next generation - just like she taught me.
From the bottom of my heart - thank you so much for allowing me to share this story with you. Thank you for all your love, for your comments and for sharing your own perspectives. (I can’t find the inspiration photo or model, please tag if you know).
Who wants to join me in setting up a craftivist group in Hamilton? I want to have a go at a different kind of activism, one that creates dialogue through creativity and a gentle form of expression rather than shouting, petitions and traditional protest. Craftivism is craft + activism. It is the “practice of engaged creativity, especially regarding political or social causes” (Betsy Greer). Fashion Revolution Week is coming up, beginning 23 April, so it makes sense that it will be the focus of our first craftivities. DM me if you are in Hamilton and keen to be a part of this. Craft skills aren’t necessary, ideas, passion and a desire for positive change is all that is required.
One of my favorite things about being a filmmaker is learning so much from others. I spoke to three amazing women about the power art has to create social change. Help tell this story, click link in bio to make a pledge and help make @americarise_film a reality. Thank you! @amplifierart @cristina_pacheco @cleobarnett @paolamendoza #creativeresistance#empower#campaignforoptimism#resist
Introducing our 4 new TeAda Impact Fellows who will be leading #CreativeSelfCare !
Sessions start this Monday night at the @uclalabor Center. Come heal with us and community in creative ways. ✨🌏 💗
RSVP/info link in bio. #SelfCareSunday#TheaterofColor
From Anatalia Vallez, one of our Impact Fellows who will be leading #CreativeSelfCare sessions at the @UCLALabor center starting this Monday.
Sessions are free and open to the public. RSVP link in bio ✨🌏 💗
Art of Space Radio Hour is scheduled to take off again this Friday and we are clear to land in between your ears. Tune in this and every Friday from 6-7pm pst on KXSC.
This week we are hosting Destiny Muse @destinythemuse. We will highlight some of her creative writing, listen to poetry, hear some of her influences, and, of course, talk creative resistance.
I just learned it’s #MuslimWomensDay today! Come hear a local Muslim woman artist (me 💁🏻♀️) talk about using art to explore the immigrant, Muslim female identity and raising awareness about issues of social justice at the George Washington University!
Today - Tuesday, March 27th, 3:30-5pm
District House Building
2121 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20052. Room 114B
I posted about this yesterday and then deleted it… I 100% empathize with the reasons given yet am deeply disturbed by censorship. I do not want to make this about me or the organizers, my intention on addressing this is purely from an intellectual and legal standpoint and hope to spark thought and dialogue on the first amendment. This is a loaded (pun intended) subject and this incident falls within the myriad of grays between right and wrong. I chose to compromise out of respect for the power of the cause which I feel strongly about and for the concerns of the organizer. I purposely did not enter the gathering of people at the high school and instead chose to set up on the perimeter, I chose to compromise and not carry the pieces on the march but I am now choosing to point out that it is a slippery slope to condone censorship in one situation and criticize it on another. The wellbeing of any single individual is not more important than the first amendment, if this argument was used it would lead to a dangerous constitutional precedent. I again want to emphasize that the effects on the student were a strong motivation to have made the decisions that I made.
What I am objecting to was the police department’s claim that I could not do this, while I will acknowledge that he was very civil and looking for a compromise, it was a violation of the first amendment. As an activist who has stood up to the current administration’s threat to the first amendment I feel that I need to equally voice my opinion regardless of who it comes from. Without the first amendment the nation wide march would not have happened and I feel that it is important to be vigilant and protect it. After a lot of though and heated discussion I have decided that is important to repost it despite all of the personal backlash that I am receiving!